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Edward Litwin, liquor store owner, retired GM inspector <br> April 28, 1925 -- June 11, 2007

Edward Litwin, a former liquor store owner and a retired inspector at the General Motors engine plant in the Town of Tonawanda, died Monday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda. He was 82.

Born in North Tonawanda, he was a World War II Army veteran and participated in the Normandy and Ardennes campaigns. He received the Purple Heart.

In 1998, he was awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross by Assemblyman Robin L. Schimminger.

Mr. Litwin owned and operated Litwin's Liquor Store on Kenmore Avenue for many years, selling the business in 1973. He was an inspector at the General Motors engine plant from 1971 until his retirement in 1987.

He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society and was a third-degree member of Our Lady of Hope Council 3076, Knights of Columbus. He was a former president of the First Friday Club and a member of Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion.

Mr. Litwin was a life member and past president of the Ellwood Fire Company and member of the Town of Tonawanda Republican Committee.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, the former Thelma Marie Ciszewski; a daughter, Anne Marie Rubin; and a son, Edward P.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda.


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